David Duke Supports Trump, Urges White Supremacists to Volunteer for Campaign
White supremacist David Duke told his listeners the day after the Nevada caucuses that it was a "historic day... maybe the day that turned the tide" not only for the the GOP nomination as "things are more and more encouraging that Donald Trump could be the president."
The onetime grand wizard of Louisiana's Ku Klux Klan -- who served in Louisiana's legislature and mounted unsuccessful campaigns for other offices including Congress and the governor's mansion -- lauded Trump's front-runner status as the "most insurgent campaign in recent history."
"He's gotten the same kind of votes that I've gotten... he's gotten the same kind of votes as George Wallace," Duke said in the audio first reported by Buzzfeed.
"When he takes on immigration, the open borders, he's really taking on the Jewish establishment."
Railing against "Jewish control of America," Duke said Trump "doesn't take this on straight, anyway," but "he definitely came out" on related issues such as fair trade and "stop the immigration."
"I was the first Republican to make an issue against affirmative action... that was one of my planks and platforms. Donald Trump hasn't taken that on straightforwardly, but he's done it peripherally by showing that Black Lives Matter is really about racism against whites. That's the message that he's saying," he added.
Voting for Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and "voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage," Duke told his listeners. "Now, I'm not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven't formally endorsed him, but I do support his candidacy and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do."
"I don't know if he will or not, but we know his candidacy is an insurgency that is waking up millions of Americans and I'm telling you it's your job now to get active. Get off your duff, get off your rear end that's getting fatter and fatter for many of you every day ... call Donald Trump's headquarters, volunteer... you're going to meet people there who have the same kind of mindset."
Duke encouraged Trump volunteers to "educate" others, particularly telling evangelicals that supporting Jews is "absolutely like supporting the enemies of Jesus Christ."
"Get active. Join this campaign," he said, warning of an "alien race taking over" while "only Donald Trump has spoken up against Wall Street and the big Jewish banks like Goldman Sachs. He's giving lip service to Israel, but Goldman Sachs is like saying Goldman Jews."